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Nothing could be finer than to receive a large chip from the silicon vendor after many months of designing. Nothing could be sweeter than to have it functioning right away (and nothing could be more embarrassing...). The likelihood of this desired case of first time right is today quite large for experienced design teams in a known technology and in a proper CAD environment. Nevertheless, over the years there is a competition such that on the one hand, the largest possible chips and circuits become always more complex and hence more at risk of fault, and on the other hand, design methodology and design support tools become more and more powerful and elaborate. This competition is by no means decided, and for large circuits, the design methodology is clearly behind the technological opportunities.
KeywordsIntegration Density VLSI Design Large Scale Integration Chip Design Hardware Description Language
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